Session B Workshops

Saturday, May 9th, 2020 — 9:45 – 10:45 AM

B-01: Gracie Jiu Jitsu: Bullyproof and Self Defense Workshop

(Nate Stevens / Stevens Self Defense)

Gracie Jiu Jitsu is a system of self- defense that empowers a person to defend themselves against a bigger, heavier, stronger attacker. Gracie Bullyproof is the nationally-recognized kids version which not only has the physical skills needed, but more importantly teaches verbal skills and strategies to give your child the confidence to stand up to bullies.

B-02: Homeschooling 3- 4- and 5- Year Olds

(Beth Kaseman-Wold)

Why and how children learn best through homeschooling. Helping children learn from daily life, carefully selected resources, and playing. Meeting kids’ and parents’ social needs outside of formal preschool. The risks of preschool screening and how you can avoid them.

B-03: The Science of Reading and Literacy Concerns for Homeschooling Families

(Claudine Kavanagh and Katie Kasubaski)

What does brain science tell us about the process of learning to read? This talk summarizes current findings in cognitive neuroscience to explain how children become fluent readers. We will provide instructional recommendations for homeschooling families.

B-04: Homeschooling Methods and Philosophies

(Jodi Buntin)

Unschooling. Charlotte Mason. Eclectic. Unit studies. Classical. Confused? Join us for this overview of common homeschooling methods and philosophies, as well as buzzwords and trendy phrases and what they mean for homeschoolers.

B-05: All the Best Parts: Reflections From Experienced Homeschoolers

(Colleen Manning, Therese Kluck, Patricia Plichta, and David King)

Choosing to homeschool has unique costs and challenges, but the rewards are plentiful, too. Come to this session to hear experienced homeschoolers reflect on all the best memories, and the ways homeschooling has shaped their families through the years.

B-06: Citizen Science Opportunities in Wisconsin

(Jessica Ross / UW Arboretum)

Learn about the history and growth of citizen science nationally and in Wisconsin. We will discuss citizen science opportunities appropriate for a variety of ages, as well as projects that focus on space, humanities, biology, and nature.

B-07: Careers, Higher Education, and Functional Fixedness

(Chandler Forbes and Tomi Fay Forbes)

As homeschoolers we take pride in our educational perspective and the ability to think “outside the box.” But, how does that perspective carry over to higher education and career choices? Join this lifelong homeschooler and his mom to discuss careers, higher education, and functional fixedness.

B-08: Outdoor Science Learning

(Cheryl DeWelt)

Learn about things you can do to scaffold nature and environmental education while being in the outdoors. From children’s gardening, to exploring aquatic ecosystems, seed saving, soil sampling, and more, this session will look at a myriad of multi- disciplinary investigations to do with children in the great outdoors.

B-09: Supporting Play Make and Take

(Megan VanBlaricum)

This workshop is a hands-on opportunity to experiment with fun learning games you can make yourself. Examples will be offered, and you’ll make and take home your own game to play. This workshop is a follow-up to A-07: The Importance of Play, but that workshop is not required to join the fun in this one.

B-10: One-on-One Questions Answered

(WPA’s Question Answering Committee Members)

Are you seeking homeschooling advice for a unique situation? This is your chance to talk in private with an experienced member of WPA’s
Question Answering Committee. Time allotted per question may vary; be prepared to wait your turn. We’ll try to answer as many questions as possible.

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